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My Love of Leonbergers

Author: Sarah Gaziano | Date: April 12, 2012

My husband and I don’t agree on much. In fact, we don’t really have anything in common at all. He’s into sports, I love me some cheese puffs and a good TV show. He’s into hipster music, and I’m more into classic 70’s rock. He likes all things colorful and artistic; gray is my favorite color.

One of the most common disagreements we have is about dog breeds.

We currently have Eddy, who belonged to David, my husband. He’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and I have never been in love with the way smooth coated dogs look. I like fuzzy, huge dogs. A dog that doesn’t weigh over 100 pounds just doesn’t appeal to me. Normally Rhody’s are big, but our Eddy is a little squirt of a dog. I love him, but when it comes to looks, he just doesn’t do it for me.

My dream dog is a Leonberger. They are very large and very fluffy. I saw two of them on a vacation once. They were walking around the corner, and it was love at first site. I tapped my mom on the shoulder to ask her what these giant bear looking things were. As soon as she smiled and said, “Honey, those are Leonbergers”, I was hooked.

I can’t really explain why I have this love, I just know that I do, but it got me thinking that all of us have a certain breed that we love. If you haven’t found your breed of choice, look into the giant Leonberger. The theory is that the Leonberger is a crossover between a Newfoundland and a St. Bernard. Apparently they were used as farm dogs and as companions for royalty. As far as temperament goes, they seem pretty chilled out. I’ve never actually met a Leonberger besides those two I saw many years ago, but I’m just talking about looks here.

I’m sure all of you have a breed you love based on looks.

Share them here and remember, you can’t help who you fall in love with.


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